Before the era of social networking a forum / bulletin board software is becoming the first choice for website owners to gathered its community, but untill today there are still many forum software continue in development, cause they already have loyal user.
A forum software today usually used by specific interest community like a cms forum, linux forum, web development forum, internet marketing forum, etc. This post shows several ready to use forum software based on PHP that might be can be one of your choice to building a community site.
bbPress is forum software from the creators of WordPress. bbPress engaging community to be integrated with your WordPress powered website or blog.
From the look of it design, really descibing it self, this forum software try to be as minimal, simple, fast and modern but still have the essential features for a forum, including some of plugins.
FluxBB is designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications. FluxBB is a fork of PunBB. In 2007 PunBB was sold to a commercial company.
FUDforum (Fast Uncompromising Discussion Forum) includes i18n and templating support allowing for a complete customization. Also act as a Mailing List Manager, USENET newsreader and even an XML Feed Aggregator.
miniBB aiming to be lite, simple and stable message board, but I found it hard to install cause when I tested the latest version doesn’t have a web installer yet, which means we have to install manual by editing the source.
DevBB was the predecessor to MyBB, a temporary solution for people to use whilst MyBB was being developed, nad now MyBB still continue to be developed.
Started in 1998, Phorum was the original PHP and MySQL based Open Source forum software.
phpBB is a free flat-forum bulletin board software solution, that becoming one of the most popular forum software.
PunBB is a fast and lightweight PHP-powered discussion board.
SMF is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes.
UseBB 1 is a light and Open Source PHP 4 and MySQL based forum package, distributed freely under the GPL license. UseBB 2 is a future PHP 5 based community system.
A forum software inspired by wordpress.
Vanilla provides hosted and open source community forum software that powers discussion forums on 546,830 sites. Built for flexibility and integration.